How do you Identify the Bad mites from the Good mites?

ascraes

Arachnopeon
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Been seeing white mites crawling on the substrate of some of my enclosures. Are these parasitic mites or are they the "decomposer" ones?
 

viper69

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If the container has a mite explosion (females are prolific producers), they may cause a T to be irritated, sometimes you can observe a T scratching itself due to mites. As well as resulting the T to go vertical at times. I know from experience. Don't ask me to quantify "mite explosion", I cannot do so.
 

G. pulchra

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My philosophy is I don't want anything other than the T in my enclosures, and it's never done me wrong.
 

basin79

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My philosophy is I don't want anything other than the T in my enclosures, and it's never done me wrong.
But if you introduce a cricket or roach you wouldn't have to replace the T's as often.........................
 

CEC

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My philosophy is I don't want anything other than the T in my enclosures, and it's never done me wrong.
Although, that is a nearly impossible task when you have as many Ts as I do. A lot of enclosures have mites in them whether the keeper knows it or not. Like Viper69 said, the trick is keeping the numbers to a minimum.
 
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